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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2009-2010 Edition: The Workplace

Non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2009

Minnesota's workplace injury and illness rate decreased significantly from 2008 to 2009. According to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, an estimated total of 78,100 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Minnesota's private-industry and public-sector workplaces during 2009, resulting in a rate of 3.8 cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers. These are the lowest numbers and rates since the survey began in 1972.

In 2008, there were an estimated 87,900 injury and illness cases, 4.2 cases per 100 FTE workers. The estimated number of recordable injuries and illnesses has decreased by 30 percent since 2003. While Minnesota's nonfederal employment decreased by 109,600 workers, or 4 percent, from 2008 to 2009, the estimated number of injury and illness cases decreased 11 percent.

For the survey, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) collected 2009 injury and illness records from approximately 5,000 Minnesota employers. State agencies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gather the survey data, which is the primary source of workplace injury and illness data nationwide. Key findings include:

  • An estimated 37,200 cases in 2009 resulted in days away from work, job transfer or restrictions, significantly less than the 2008 estimate of 40,400 cases. The rate for these injuries was 1.8 cases per 100 FTE workers, below the rate of 1.9 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2008.
  • The rate of days-away-from-work cases was 1.0 per 100 FTE workers in 2009, below the rate of 1.1 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2008.
  • Industry divisions with the highest total injury and illness rates per 100 FTE workers were agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6.3); health care and social assistance (5.9); and construction (5.7).
  • The total case rate for manufacturing dropped significantly, from 5.5 cases per 100 FTE in 2008 to 4.6 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2009. The number of injury and illness cases dropped 8 percent, from 18,100 cases in 2008 to 14,200 cases in 2009, while manufacturing employment decreased by 5 percent. The total case rate in manufacturing has decreased in five of the past six years, dropping by 61 percent since posting a rate of 7.5 cases per 100 FTE workers in 2003.
Nationally, an estimated 4.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in private- and public-industry workplaces during 2009, resulting in a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 FTE workers. This was lower than the 2008 national estimates of 4.6 million cases, or 4.2 cases per 100 FTE workers.

The summary tables are available on the DLI Web site at www.dli.mn.gov/RS/StatWSH.asp. The national summary tables are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm.

Fatal injuries
Sixty fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2009, a decrease of five cases from 2008 and 12 fewer cases than in 2007. The 2009 total is well below the average of 76 cases a year for 2004 through 2008. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Industries
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting had the highest number of fatalities, with 20 cases, compared to 25 cases in 2008, which was also the highest number of fatalities. Most of the fatalities were caused by either contact with objects and equipment or transportation incidents.
  • Construction recorded the second-highest number of worker fatalities, with seven cases, down from 13 cases in 2008. There were 25 construction industry fatalities in 2005.
  • Local government had the third-highest number of fatalities, with six cases. These included four fatalities of police officers.
Types of incidents
  • Transportation incidents accounted for 22 fatalities and continued to be the most frequent fatal work-injury event. Deaths resulting from transportation incidents decreased from 28 cases in 2008.
  • Contact with objects and equipment continued to be the second-highest event category, with 14 fatalities, a sharp decrease from 26 cases in 2008. The most common incidents in this category were being struck by a falling object and getting caught in or crushed in collapsing materials.
  • Fatalities due to assaults and violent acts increased from three cases in 2008 to 10 cases in 2009.
  • There were nine fatalities resulting from falls in 2009, compared to three fatalities in 2008.
Worker characteristics
  • Men accounted for 58 of the 60 fatally injured workers in 2009.
  • Workers age 55 and older accounted for 25 fatalities. Thirteen of these fatalities were in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry division.
  • Self-employed workers accounted for 21 fatalities, including 18 fatalities to workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. There were 26 fatalities to self-employed workers in 2008.
Note: Workplace fatalities due to illnesses are not included.

Minnesota 2009 CFOI tables are available at www.dli.mn.gov/RS/StatWSH.asp. National data from the CFOI program is available at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Minnesota Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, 2008

Additional Pages
Minnesota Injury Facts, 2009-2010 Homepage

Fatal injuries, Minnesota
All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/duip.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Recreational injuries, Minnesota
    Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Emergency Department-treated Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 708 KB, 28 pages)
  • Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998 - 2003 (PDF, 241 KB, 28 pages)
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations